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Neuro by Joelle Abi-Rached, Nikolas Rose

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Chapter Five   

The Social Brain

A primate specialization which has now been amply documented by behavioral scientists, but ignored for the most part by neuroscientists, is the specialization for social cognition. What I mean by the term “social cognition” is the following: Social cognition is the processing of any information which culminates in the accurate perception of the dispositions and intentions of other individuals. While many non-primates (for example, ants) can interact in highly specific ways with others of their kind, it appears that primates, especially those most closely related to ourselves, have developed a unique capacity to perceive psychological facts (dispositions and intentions) about other individuals. This capacity appears ...

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